On the opening night of his This Is America world tour, rapper Childish Gambino had some pretty big news.
“Number one, if you’re at this show, then you know this is the last Gambino tour ever,” he told the crowd.
“I love you forever for supporting me and coming out for this shit. Second, if you’re in here, that means you bought a ticket, so you don’t need to film this shit. Experience this shit.”
“This is not a concert. This is fucking church. If you’re not here to celebrate life, if you’re not here to enjoy your time here, if you’re just here to hear your favourite song, you should go home right now and do that. I’m here to have an experience with y’all tonight, ya feel me?”
It was a pretty major announcement, although one that he has spoken about before.
Earlier this year, after receiving an Emmy for Best R&B Performance for his tune ‘Redbone’, he confirmed that he was looking to wrap things up as Childish Gambino.
“I’m really appreciative of this [award] and I’m making another project right now,” he said.
“But I like endings and I think they’re important to progress. I think like, if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. So I think endings are good because they force things to get better.”
Childish Gambino is, of course, the stage name of Donald Glover. He came up with the monicker by putting his name into a Wu-Tang Names Generator.
(I had a crack at it, my Wu-Tang name is “Quiet Worlock”, which I’m totally fine with.)
Glover is one of the busiest men in show business. While balancing rap and stand-up comedy careers, he has managed to create, write and star in the Golden Globe-winning TV show Atlanta and next year he’ll voice Simba in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King.